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   Posted 9/29/2007 1:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Pain-wise, I hae been getting worse slowly. I had a new MRI done which basically showed the same things as the prior MRI (3 bulging discs, one of which has central disc extrusion), 3 levels of stenosis, 3 levels of foraminal narrowing and 2 levels of facet hypertrophy. There is also sciolosis which I'm told is not a pain generator.

One OS I went to suggested additional tests, so I had a bone scan. I hae not seen the results yet, but I'm told by one of the girls answring the phone that it did not show anything, but I will pick up the results Monday because I want to see what it says exactly.

Meantime, at the OS, I did not have a reflex for my left leg. My left leg is weak and getting weaker. I also have pain in the upper thigh as well as the normal sciatica pain, and I have pain in both hips as well as the usual pin in the lower back.

My left hand continues to get numb at times, and moving the fingers feels like I am breaking the bones.

Finally, I am constantly cold. With the temp in the 90's, I have to wear a leather jacket and 2-3 shirts to feel warm.

The PM has changed my Fentanyl Patch changing time from 100 mcg changed every 72 hours to 100 mcg changed eery 48 hours. Still taking the 30 mg Roxicodone for b/t up to 4 times per day.

So that is where I stand. Any comments appreciated.


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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 9/29/2007 8:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Alan--Don't know that I can offer any advice, but I sure can sympathize--At least your PM changed how often you can change the patch--I am also on the 100Mcg patch, but have to go the entire 3 days and only get percocet for breakthrough--Are you using the Sandoz generic or the name brand Jannson?--Sure hope so because I tried the Mylan generic brand and they were completely worthless to me, but the Sandoz is identical to name brand and less expensive.  It appears as if you are doing everything right--following up on tests etc.  I wish you luck--Take care--Roger
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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 9/29/2007 2:47 PM (GMT -6)   


Hello Allan:

Reading your post I was struck as it is a carbon copy of myself all your ailments I live with right down to the numbness in the wrist but I have it in both my wrists

Myself I have had all the modalities plus 8 hours of spine surgery a 3 level laminectomy which did little to NO good

I tried the patch with no breakthrough med and found it not very effective at all and got very sick when I stopped it

I switched to Oxycontin which works wounder s for me I believe in your older posts you said your doctor will not perscribe it for you WHY I do not get these guy s sometimes but people like us pay for the abuse of these med s by other s

I also use a lot of heat mainly a waterbottle very hot and this helps a lot you might want to try that and ask for oxycontin and seriously contiplate any spine surgery mine help little to none and I went through a lot with it

Best Regards


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   Posted 9/30/2007 5:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Alan!! Great to see you again. I'm so sorry that you're pain is worse. You sure don't need that. BUT...we're here for you dear friend. Take my hand (extending hand) and we'll get thru it together.

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